This summer is lavishing on news, and today we have a new TV-Box from the cheapest range that comes under the name of U12mini.
A small generic Box that this time carries Android 11 as OS and that neither its design nor the hardware inside stands out particularly. Its AMlogic S905W2 processor has no problems being used as a media player and is even compatible with the new AV1 video codec and with support for content up to HDR 10+. An interesting processor within the cheap range as you can see in our review and that could even soon be compatible with EmuELEC.
As always, we warn you that it is not recommended to use this BOX to view payment platforms such as Netflix, since it does not have certificates to view them in maximum video quality, for this we have better options.
The U12mini includes soldered on its small motherboard an Amlogic S905W2 SoC manufactured in 12nm. This chip is a Quad Core with low power ARM Cortex-A35 processors and a MALI-G3 MP2 GPU. This processor is enough to move the Android 11 included, streaming apps, KODI, IPTV and some simple 3D load games that, as always, the CPU is cooled by a fanless heatsink, so we don’t have any noise.
In this box, we have a single version with 2 GB of DDR3 RAM and 16 GB of eMMc storage memory. It also has a memory card reader in micro SD format that allows us to increase its internal storage capacity.
In the wireless connectivity section in the U12mini we have Dual Band Wi-Fi aC with internal antenna and Bluetooth 5.0 for this purpose. As for connectors, on the perimeter of its circular plastic box we find 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5 mm connector for analogue Audio and video, an extension cord for the IR sensor, an HDMI 2.0 video output port and a network connector. RJ-45 10/100.
Among the accessories included, we have a simple infrared remote control, power supply and all the necessary cables to start it up right out of the box.
Price and availability
- The U12mini TV Box with Amlogic S905W2 SoC can be purchased on AliExpress from €27.41 / $26 with free shipping included.